How are ginger and garlic healthy

Garlic and ginger: together for nausea and muscle pain

Thanks to their ingredients, ginger and garlic have many positive properties and are good for health. (c) Thinkstockphotos

The slightly lemony, mildly spicy ginger and the garlic, which is valued not only in Mediterranean cuisine, are two universally applicable spices that are also good for your health. If garlic can prevent infections and lower blood lipid levels, ginger is an excellent remedy for nausea and muscle pain. Combined, their effect even increases.

Ginger is the rhizome, also known as the rhizome, of the ginger plant that grows like bamboo or reed and is related to galangal and turmeric. Not only celebrity chef Alfons Schuhbeck swears by its effect, after all, ginger is one of the oldest medicinal and aromatic plants, e.g. for a cold in autumn. Originally from northern India and southern China, ginger is now grown in many parts of the world. A piece of ginger goes very well even in homemade plum jam.

Ginger: Against nausea, muscle pain and more

“Ingredients from ginger inhibit the same enzyme in the body as Acetylsalicylic acid“, Says Professor Eugen Verspohl, pharmacologist at the Pharmaceutical Institute of the University of Münster. Said enzyme is called cyclooxygenase and, like acetylsalicylic acid, ensures Pain to alleviate Inflammation contain and the Blood clotting to inhibit. In particular, the analgesic effect has already been proven by studies, why doctors use extracts of the medicinal plant for muscle pain or rheumatism.

The consumption of ginger or preparations from the rhizome is ideal Travel sickness or nausea, making it ideal for people who suffer from these symptoms while driving, traveling by train or on an airplane. Self during chemotherapy the nausea is said to be relieved by the regular consumption of ginger, according to a study by the American University of Rochester. Only pregnant women should not take ginger if they are sick, as certain ingredients could trigger labor. Even those with a sensitive stomach should avoid the hot spice.

A tip from health chef Peter Asch from Riedering am Chiemsee:

Cut off a piece of fresh ginger and put it in front of all the other ingredients Fry briefly in hot oil. Then remove the ginger again. In this way, the fine aroma is retained in the dish, but it does not taste too intensely like ginger. Ginger harmonizes ideally with basil, chilli, cardamom, garlic, coriander, black pepper, lemongrass, knows Alfons Schuhbeck. Ginger can be used in all kitchens around the world and even complements the aroma of garlic in spaghetti Bolognese.

Garlic has been shown to have antibacterial properties. (c) Thinkstockphotos

Garlic: phytochemicals for health

According to old superstitions and forced by the film industry, garlic hung in front of the door is supposed to drive away vampires. This superstition probably arose from the fact that not only the inhabitants of the Cape Trees hang up their garlic bulbs tied in braids to dry in front of the house. In fact, garlic is healthy and its phytochemicals are used for prophylaxis and as a remedy for many diseases. In particular, polyphenols and sulfides and the high adenosine content have a health-promoting effect, even when consumed in small quantities.

Studies have shown that test subjects after two weeks of garlic therapy noticeably decreased blood lipid levels had. The sulfur compounds in garlic have been shown to lower the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood and thus relieve the cardiovascular system. A regular consumption of around four grams per day is necessary for this.

Garlic also works antibacterial and can prevent and fight infectious diseases. The ginger used in both sweet and salty cuisine has many properties that have a positive effect on health and strengthens the health-promoting properties of garlic. Right now you should make a summer pesto with the great tuber!

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Sources: Apotheken-Umschau.de, Schuhbeck-Gewürz.de. Text: Jürgen Rösemeier